Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wanted: Kindergarten Teacher

I've mentioned here before that Woodland Park is working toward creating a kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. We feel confident that we have a space, the enthusiasm, and a vibrant community ready and able to support a play-base kindergarten. So now we're looking for a teacher and we've decided to cast a wide net. I've posted our job description below. If you or someone you know is interested in working with us, please send a resume and any questions to Beth at draco9793@gmail.com with "Kindergarten teacher resume" in the subject line.

We're hoping to have a commitment from the right teacher by November 1, 2014, although the actual job won't start until September, 2015. That's because we need to start enrolling this coming Fall and it will make a huge difference to have our teacher in place to help us "sell" the program. We will be collecting resumes through the end of August and intend to begin contacting candidates sometime during September.

I will be traveling for the month of August, but will try to get to any questions as promptly as I can. I'd love to build our school with you!

Here are the details:

Job title: Kindergarten Teacher

Compensation: Depending upon experience

Hours: Approximately 30 hours per week

The school: The Woodland Park Cooperative is adding a kindergarten class to its current four-year preschool program beginning in the Fall of the 2015-16 school year. A thriving early childhood learning community since 1977, the school is currently housed in (although no affiliated with) the Fremont Baptist Church, a facility that is home to utilitarian indoor spaces and a state-of-the-art outdoor classroom in the heart of the funky, progressive Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The preschool currently enrolls approximately 65 students, aged 2-5. The kindergarten is a result of a widespread parent desire for children to continue the sort of cooperative, play-based education for which Woodland Park has become known under its teacher Tom Hobson who has been with the school for the past 13 years. We are planning an enrollment of 15-18 students for this first year, and if all goes well hope to add a first grade class for the following year.

The job/The teacher: We are looking for an experienced teacher who either has a background in cooperative schools, progressive play-based education and/or who has worked in a more traditional setting and has come to recognize that there has to be a better way. We are a cooperative school, which means Woodland Park is owned and operated by the parents who enroll their children. Our kindergarten teacher will be working on a day-to-day basis with parents both inside and outside the classroom. We are looking for a self-starter, and by that we mean we will be counting on the person we hire to work with Teacher Tom and the parent community to develop and implement a play-based curriculum that fits her or his unique teaching style and our community's expectations. In addition to preparation and classroom time, the teacher will attend monthly parent and board meetings in the evenings.

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, we'd love to hear from you!

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Gypsy said...

Dream Job!! Oh why must I be in Australia and you so far away?! Good luck finding a great teacher to compliment your wonderful people. :-)

Grace said...

Seriously,... dream job. :)

C.S. said...

I wish I had a degree. This sounds like the best job.

Trisha said...

Dream job alright..... in Australia also, but my goodness, I would move for it!

Teacher Tom said...

@C.S. . . . No degree required. I hold a BS in Journalism. We're looking for the best person we can find and that doesn't necessarily mean credentials.

RoAnn said...

Dream job. My husband and I just had an impromptu chat about how hard it would be to move our family to the West coast!

Scott said...

Hmm. A move to the Pacific Northwest. Hmm. It's tempting to submit a resume. It really is.

Deborah Stewart said...

I think Scott and I should apply for the job together:)

Christina Ridley-Thomas said...

How do I go about contacting you directly about the position? It's a very long shot, I live in Portugal, work in an international school, and recently said to my friend that next summer I would like to visit the US and spend some time at your school, observing and learning from you.

Teacher Tom said...

@Christina . . . Why don't you send me a message on Facebook. If you can't do that, just contact Beth (email in the post) and she'll get us in touch.

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